Cast Announced for Akosua Adoma Owusu's Adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 'On Monday of Last Week'
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Cast Announced for Akosua Adoma Owusu's Adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 'On Monday of Last Week'

Clockwise L to R: Chinasa Ogbuagu, Peter Rini, Karyn Parsons, Jill Shackner and Farouk James Prempeh
Clockwise L to R: TOP – Chinasa Ogbuagu, Peter Rini, Karyn Parsons; BOTTOM – Jill Shackner and Farouk James Prempeh

Award-winning filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu has secured her cast for her upcoming film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story “On Monday of Last Week,” which Owusu optioned exclusive rights to earlier this year, via her Obibini Pictures LLC.

Announced today, 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nominee Chinasa Ogbuagu (the Off-Broadway play “Sojourners” and Fox’s “The Following”), Peter Rini (“Orange is the New Black”), Karyn Parsons (likely most remembered from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” although she’s certainly done much more), Jill Shackner (“The Americas”), and 4-year old model, Farouk James Prempeh in his acting debut, have all been cast in Owusu’s much-anticipated film.

Set in an urban home, “On Monday of Last Week” follows Kamara, a Nigerian woman, on her journey to self-realization. Hired as a nanny in Tracy and Neil’s home, Kamara develops an attraction to Tracy, going to great lengths to impress her. The result becomes a journey that is as much internal and emotional, as it is external and physical. Kamara finds herself wrestling with concepts of attraction and beauty, identity and self-worth.

The film is directed and produced by Owusu and Obibini Pictures, LLC – a company that has produced award-winning films including “Reluctantly Queer,” which was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival in 2016, and “Kwaku Ananse,” which received the 2013 African Movie Academy Award in Nigeria for Best Short Film.

Also acclaimed Ghanaian rapper and co-founder of Minneapolis-based Giant Steps, M.anifest, will serve as Music Supervisor for the film production.

“On Monday of Last Week” is created with support from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Creative Capital Foundation.

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